Ruth Long, Age 88

Welcome, reader! I am hard at work on Ruth Long, Age 88. Well, more accurately, I’m hard at work on the whole In Loving Memory series. For starters, the series finally has a name! Last week, I again featured the short story that started it all. I hope you enjoyed it. The first book is coming along nicely.

Between writing sessions on book one, Ruth Long, Age 88, I’ve started mapping out plans for the other books. Currently, the In Loving Memory series is planned to be a six book series. Each book will be a first person narrative, told from the perspective of someone who has recently died. Their stories will be interspersed with chapters, told from the perspective of their friends and family members. Despite the rather grim subject matter, this is a humorous series, while still honoring the wide range of emotions that come with grief and the loss of a loved one.

In the coming weeks, I’m going to be sharing more details about Ruth Long. Who she is, where she’s from, her family. I’ll also be introducing some of the other featured characters from upcoming books in the series. Make sure you subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss any updates!

When I was planning The House on Maple Street, I debated whether or not to include a prologue in the story. Ultimately, I did include one in that book. In this case, I’m definitely including a prologue, but with a bit of a twist. The prologue, in each story, is the lead character’s obituary. So to give you a sneak peek into Ruth Long, Age 88, this week I am sharing the prologue:


Ruth Long, age 88, died on August 7th, 2020, in Whittenham, WI.

She was born on April 4th, 1932 in Point Falls, WI to James and Mary Becker. She graduated from Point Falls High School in 1949. In 1950, she married her high school love, John Long, who proceeded her in death, after 65 years of marriage. Ruth was a tireless volunteer for several local organizations but her greatest passion was her family.

She is survived by her son, David (Melissa) Long of Chicago, IL, her daughter Carolyn Long of Whittenham, WI, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial may be made to Whittenham Hospice. The family would like to extend their thanks to the hospice staff for their dedicated care.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Monday August 10, 2019; with visitation preceding from 10:00am until the time of service at First United Church, Whittenham, WI. Internment will be held in the Whittenham Cemetery, following the service.


To enjoy more of my writing, check out my debut novel, The House on Maple Street, is available on all Amazon platforms. Available free to Kindle Unlimited members.

From the back cover: Excited for a fresh new start, Hillary Altman is about to begin her first semester of graduate school at small New England college. Ever the procrastinator, Hillary waits to the last minute to find housing. But fate smiles upon her, when she takes a room in a picturesque Victorian home, run as a boarding house. But Hillary quickly finds, that all is not as it seems at The House on Maple Street…

2 Comments on “Ruth Long, Age 88”

  1. Wow that’s such an interesting concept with the obituary at the beginning and the story line! Can’t wait to hear more!

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